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Vanderbilt is back in a bowl for the first time since 1982, and the Commodores are going just down the road to the Music City Bowl.
The Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., announced that Kentucky will face Conference USA champion East Carolina in the 50th game in the bowl's history. It's the third straight year Kentucky has been to a bowl.
Georgia Tech faces LSU in Atlanta's Chick-fil-A Bowl, Rice meets Western Michigan in Houston's Texas Bowl, and South Florida goes across Tampa Bay to play in the first St. Petersburg Bowl, where it will play Memphis.
Navy doesn't have far to go to play in another first-time bowl -- it's just a short drive from Annapolis, Md., to play in the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington.
Even the Granddaddy of Them All is going to be a home game -- Southern California has gotten used to the short drive up the 110 freeway to Pasadena, where they'll play in their fourth straight Rose Bowl game. The No.5 Trojans face No.6 Penn State in a game between two one-loss teams left out of the BCS title game between Florida and Oklahoma.
Texas, which was jumped by Oklahoma in the BCS rankings and finished third, will face No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta, while the Orange will host Big East champion Cincinnati against ACC winner Virginia Tech.
No. 4 Alabama will get to play BCS buster Utah in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes -- also a perfect 12-0 barged in to the BCS at No. 6 in the rankings, beating out Boise State to become the first team from a non-BCS conference to crash the big-money bowls a second time. Utah finished undefeated in 2004 and won the Fiesta.
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